SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved the superintendent’s merit bonus of $20,937.50 or 12.5% of his salary at the meeting on Monday night. The vote was 6-3 with no votes from Kim Bragg, Jen Grana and Kate Matteson. According to Rossi’s contract his goals for 2019-2020 are to be approved by September 1.  They were not on the agenda Monday night.  There was no discussion at the meeting or in committee minutes.

Quality Single Accountability Continuum District Improvement Plan or QSAC DIP

Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney presented the curriculum and instruction agenda to the board.  He said the revised English Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies curriculum and the new World Language curriculum would satisfy the requirements of QSAC, according to the District Improvement Plan.  Nearly 70 individual, updated to be compliant with state requirements, were presented to the Curriculum committee in August for review, according to the committee minutes.

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The board unanimously approved the updated and revised curriculum that would be reviewed by the Executive County Superintendent’s office in February 2020 as required by QSAC.  McQueeney said he would review the approved curriculum with the Executive County Superintendent Rosalie Lamonte prior to the required review “so she can’t show up and say ‘ah, we got ya.’”

McQueeney said the curriculum for Science, Physical Education and Health and Visual and Performing Arts would also be brought into compliance by the February 2020 review.  The Finance and Operations Committee minutes reflect McQueeney’s report on the DIP in which he said the “other three will be current by June 2020.”   

Moment of Quiet Reflection

Gil Gibbs, former Sparta Township Councilman, addressed the board.  He was following up on a request made at a previous meeting by Larry Pierson to have a moment of silent reflection at the beginning of the day, “a moment to pause.”

Rossi said he thought the concept has a connection to the mindfulness initiative he is working on though “a moment of silence is reserved for moments of silence usually connected to something tragic but the mindfulness aspect might be able to be added.”

Committee minutes

The finance and operation committee minutes show the Sparta High School roof project has had some “issues with securing the roof with all of the sudden rain storms has caused numerous leaks in the building.” They go on to say the “contractor has been put on notice.”

Finance and Operation Committee minutes also reflect the transition to the YMCA before and after care for the elementary schools, after the KEEP program closed, is “running smoothly and the YMCA is moving along nicely to come into the buildings.”